no one should
drown in their sorrows,
even when the weather
is full of unanswered prayers.

yes, we all want
to feel whole once again,
like young lovers sharing
deep kisses and cuddles
on a hill bathed in moonlight.

but then, sometimes,
we find true, mysterious love
in the solace of lost friends,
as coincidence creates magic.

this is the sweet miracle
that comes with life.
the thorn that once pricked
can rot and resurge as a tree
that gives shade at hot noons.

by Dr Pat Ashinze

Pat Ashinze, an Igbo-Yoruba hybrid, trained and graduated as a medical doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Ilorin. He writes within the axial stream of poetry, prose, essays, aphorisms, gizmos and whatnot. His works have been featured on several local and international platforms. He was a finalist for the 2021 Stephen A. Dibiase International poetry prize. He was a finalist for the World NTDS Storytelling (Literary category) competition in 2021. He was a recipient of the Best Writers Award at The ILUMSA’s 40th anniversary in 2018. He won the Inaugural Unilorin Students Union Poetry Prize in 2019.